Fourth Art Walk Ridgefield, through Sept. 8; more than 50 restaurants, businesses and cultural venues to showcase work of over 70 artists in windows and on shop walls during this free, two-week festival, organized by Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Live music and demonstrations outside storefronts and Marketplace at Copps Hill. Walk on Down exhibit at RGA gallery, 34 Halpin Lane. Info: rgoa.org.
Sherwood Island Shorefest, organized by Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, Fri., Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m., Sherwood Island State Park, Westport. Wine, appetizers, choice of lobster, grilled tenderloin or salmon (kids’ meals available). Live light classical music on violin and flute played by Amy Griswold and Astrid Bernard, Suzuki Music School instructors; plus silent auction. Adm $75 adult, $15 kids 12 and under. Info: friendsofsherwoodisland.org
Who Lives in the Great Salt Marsh?, guided walk in Great Salt Marsh Island Preserve, Aspetuck Land Trust program, Sat., Sept. 9, 8-9:30 a.m. Fairfield Audubon Society naturalist Colleen Noyes to lead walk at low tide. Terrain: easy; mud. Open to public; children welcome. Meeting at picnic tables above playground, overlooking salt marsh. Parking: Ash Creek Open Space at end of Turney Rd., Fairfield; past gatehouse, immediate left, through boaters parking area to open space parking. RSVP: [email protected]
Taste of Greater Danbury, Sat., Sept. 9, 3-10 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, noon-7 p.m., downtown Danbury. Food from “across the globe,” live music and games. Entertainment on CityCenter Green stage includes Cassadee Pope Sat. at 8:30 p.m. and Beginnings, Chicago tribute band, Sun. at 2 p.m. Info: citycenterdanbury.com.
Flavour Wine Festival, Sat., Sept. 9, 3 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company, The Warehouse, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. More than 150 wines from all over the world, live band music, grilled wood fired kabobs and oysters and more. Tickets $65, $75, at fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-319-1404.
Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival, celebrating 40th year, Sept. 8-10, Veteran’s Park, Norwalk. Fri., 6-11 p.m., with Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Billy Joel tribute band; Sat., 11-11, with Sacred Fire, Latin rock-Santana tribute band, and Desert Highway, Eagles music; and Sun., 11-8, with Eight to the Bar, ’40s jazz and swing, ’50s blues, and more live bands throughout weekend. Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show motorcycle acts and other daredevil stunts, crafts beer tent, arts & crafts pavilion, oyster slurping contest, wide variety of cuisine, amusement rides, live entertainment (clowns, magicians, acrobats) for kids and more. Details and tickets at seaport.org or 203-838-9444.
66th annual Sidewalk Show and Sale, by Art Society of Old Greenwich, Sat. and Sun., Sept. 9 and 10, 9-5, Sound Beach Avenue in downtown Old Greenwich. Racks displaying oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, photography and mixed media, plus sculpture and young people’s art and tables with postcards, matted art and notecards.
Bird Watching: Fall Migration at Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd., New Canaan, Sat. Sept., 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., during free guided walk of trails. Renee Hewitt and Daniel Samperi, founders of @IntoBirds, to teach visitors of all ages about specific bird species at 80-acre Grace Farms preserve. Guests invited to bring camera and share #GraceFarms bird photos with at @GraceFarmsCT. Info at gracefarms.org.
3rd annual Kennedy Center Autism SpectRUN, Sun., Sept. 10, Jennings Beach, 800 S. Benson Rd., Fairfield, rain or shine. All ages encouraged to wear colorful attire and decorate strollers or wagons. 5K timed race and 1 mile walk/stroll, starting 9 a.m. Reg. 7:30-8:45 a.m. Free children’s race at 8:30. Zumba warm up 8:45. Activities for kids, including Casey Carl’s Bubblemania, bounce house, face painting, sensory tents, games, and entertainment, plus food trucks. After race, snacks at VIP tent. Prizes to be awarded. Online reg. at KC-Autism.org open until Sept. 9 or reg. at event. Participation fee: $30/adult, $15/children 18 and under; free for children 5 and under. Info: Jo Ann at 203-365-8522, x229 or email [email protected]
4th annual Superhero 5K & Family Fun Day, Sun., Sept. 10, benefit for Milford Prevention Council, Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Ave., Milford, 9-noon. All ages welcome to participate in race and 1K obstacle course; (new this year, 5K course to be chip timed – get results live). Costume contest & parade, color toss, bounce house, DJ, raffles, “real life Superheroes” and more. On site reg. at 8 a.m., run 9. Early reg. fee $20 adults (18 and over) and $10 children (5-17) by Aug. 28; then $25/adult, $15/child. Free for kids 4 and younger. Reg. also at lightboxreg.com/superhero-5k. Info: milfordprevention.org/events/superhero5K, Facebook event page or contact Wendy Gibbons at MPC, 203-783-6676 or at [email protected]
2017 CT United Ride, Sun., Sept. 10, rain or shine; largest 9/11 tribute in Connecticut and largest fund-raiser for fire and law enforcement in state. Participation could approach 5,000 riders, plus additional 15,000 spectators lined up along 10-town, 60-mile motorcade through Fairfield County; plus more than 100 firetrucks and 24 aerial trucks holding 50-foot American flags over roadway to line route in each town. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. at Norden Industrial Park, 10 Norden Place, Norwalk; opening tribute ceremony 10:30 a.m. Riders can pre-register Sat., Sept. 9, at Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, 11-5, or on ride day, 8:30-10:45 a.m. at event; $25 per rider and $25 per passenger. Non-riders encouraged to line route to pay tribute to fallen heroes and those currently serving. Starting at 10 Norden Place, riders to proceed along Route 136 to Route 33 through Westport, to Route 7 in Wilton, to Route 107, to Route 58 in Redding, to Route 302 in Bethel, to Route 25 through Newtown and Monroe, to Main St., Trumbull, to Old Town Rd., and to Park Ave., through Bridgeport to Seaside Park at about 1:15 p.m.
50th Ukrainian Day Festival, Sun., Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., St. Basil’s Seminary, 161 Glenbrook Rd., Stamford. Ukrainian and picnic food, Ukrainian Catholic liturgy, entertainment of songs and dances, Ukrainian vendors, Zabava-Dance. Sponsored by CT State Ukrainian Day Committee. Adm $10. Info: 203-269-5909.
39th annual Trumbull Arts Festival, Sun., Sept. 10, 10-4, Trumbull Town Hall Green; more than 30 juried crafters, 20 fine artists, authors, community booths, food trucks and vendors, Children’s Creative Center, face painting and balloon artist. Entertainment begins at 11 by Brideau & Miller; 11:30, singer Evelyn Sload; noon, Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Children’s Company; 1 p.m., The Red Hots; 2:30, DTC Company; 3 p.m., Frank Porto Band. Info: Emily Areson, 203-452-5065 or [email protected].
Sasquanaug Association’s Treasures of Southport, Sun., Sept. 10, with activities starting at Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport, 1 p.m. with treasure map that leads participants to key Sasquanaug landmarks where they learn about and identify historical details: Perry Green, the Robinson Cottage, Sea Lodge, and Southport Park. Activities at each site include barbershop quartet, trail tours, bean bag toss game, beekeeping display, and hands-on aquarium touch-tank conducted by Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Back at library participants to tour interactive exhibit that highlights history and lore of Southport as seen through lens of association since its founding in 1887. Reception at 3 with ice cream and hot dogs; treasures found to be shared; My Southport Art Contest. Free event; sign-up requested at sasquanaug.org.
Adirondack Experience Antiques Show and Sale, Benefit Preview Party, Fri., Sept. 15, 3-6 p.m., museum (formerly Adirondack Museum), 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.; tickets required at 518-352-7311, x119, or theADKX.org; outdoor event, rain or shine. Show to open to general public Sat., Sept. 16,, 10-5, with museum entry included; $20 per person; no pets. Exhibitors from across U.S. offering traditional camp, sporting goods, rustic antiques, decorative arts, fine art, oriental rugs, garden architectural décor, early country painted furniture, Native American jewelry, folk art, decoys and more. Now under Barn Star show management; info: barnstar.com or theADKX.org.
Energize Connecticut Center, Family Night Series, for students in grades K-8 and parents; exploring world of robotics and testing inventiveness with First LEGO League, Fri., Sept. 15, 6- 7:30 p.m., 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven. Free of charge and open to public. Info: Alysse Rodrigues, 203-799-0460, [email protected] or energizect.com. Next: 3rd annual Family Science Day, Sat., Oct. 21, 10-3.
Greater Danbury Irish Festival, Sept. 15, 16 and 17, Charles Ives Center for the Arts, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. Traditional Irish culture through music, art, food and dance with artists and musicians, plus tournaments, rugby demo and more. For children, sand art, face painting and arts and crafts. Main stage entertainment 6:45 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 12:15-10 Sat. and noon to 6 p.m. Sun. Info, including bands and performers: danburyirishfestival.org or 203-739-0010.
Fall Bird Walk, Sat., Sept. 16, 9-11 a.m., Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield; free with donations suggested; for ages 12 and up. Hiking trails of Larsen Sanctuary, and learning about fall migration. Adv reg required at ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield, or call 203-259-6305, ext. 109. Fall programs and events: ctaudubon.org.
111th Family Fair, Sat., Sept. 16, 10 to 4, Emmanuel Church, 285 Lyons Plain Rd., Weston. Booths with toys, art, collectibles, jewelry, furniture and more. Info: 203-227-8565.
Friends of Greenwich Point’s Children’s Arts & Music Celebration, Sat., Sept. 16, 12-4 p.m., Seaside Garden, Greenwich Point, 108 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich. Free event for young families includes live music featuring Jay & Ray and Bash the Trash, live theater production of Ojibwe & the Dreamer, face painting, games, instrument-making workshop for children using recycled materials and parade showcasing these creative works. Info: friendsofgreenwichpoint.org or Facebook page.
Open House and Children’s Book Sale, Sat., Sept. 16, 1-4 p.m., Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd., Cos Cob. Friends of Cos Cob Library preview sale at noon. Activities including caricaturist and face painter, crafts, music entertainment, cup stacking workshop, ice cream truck and more. Info: 203-622-6883 or greenwichlibrary.org.
28th annual Bike the Beach fundraiser, Sun., Sept. 17, Jennings Beach in Fairfield. Or Hike the Beach, 5K fitness walk on level route in beach area. Reg ($45, $35 between Sept. 1-16) at 7 a.m. and all riders/walkers must finish by 3 p.m. Riders, open to all ages, start and finish at Jennings Beach, and may choose 10-, 20-, 45- or 62-mile route. First 350 registrants to receive souvenir t-shirt. Details at bikethebeach.com. Events benefit Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, dedicated to supporting housing, training and social programs for those with intellectual disabilities. Info: probusclub.org/Bridgeport/index.html
JCC Open House & Family Fun Day, Sun., Sept. 17, 10-2, Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave. Info: stamfordjcc.org or Ilene Kirschner Madwed, 203-487-0945, [email protected]
10th annual Old-Fashioned Flea Market, Sept. 17, 10-5, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk; featuring antiques, repurposed furniture, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, household items, clothing, toys; specialty and farm-to-table foods. Museum open for $5 mini-tours and white elephant table with items starting at $1. Food trucks, food demos and classic and antique car show featuring Connecticut Seaport Car Club. Details for interested vendors via [email protected]. Info: lockwoodmathewsmansion.org, 203-838-9799.
Over Here: Norwalk in the First World War Bus Tour, Sun., Sept. 17, 1-5 p.m. Organized by Norwalk Preservation Trust, tour visits homes, monuments and memorials that tell story of Norwalk during Great War. Also, costumed re-enactors, architecture historian, comfortable buses and reception at conclusion. Tickets $60 until Sept. 10, then $70. Reg. and info at norwalkpreservation.org
Stratford Downtown Market CT, Sun., Sept. 17, 10-5, downtown Colonial Square Plaza, 2420 Main St., Stratford. Day of fine art and handcrafted items from artists, crafters, artisans, painters, potters, photographers, wood artists, textile makers. Music, theater, and activities for children (face painting, airbrush tattoos, crafts and storytimes provided by Stratford Library). Variety of foods at Stratford Center and Station House Square restaurants. Stratford playwright Jack Rushen to present one comedy scene from his Broadway play Image; Sawtelles and the Chris Cavalie Trio and others to perform. Rain date: Sept. 24. Sponsored by Stratford Economic Development Commission and Stratford Arts Commission. Info: downtownmarketct.com or Facebook page.
St. Mary School Milford Carnival, Fri., Sept. 22, 6-11 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 23, 1-11 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 24, 1-5 p.m., 72 Gulf Street, Milford. Food, baked goods, 50/50 raffles, rides and games. Wristband for rides $25 per day. Car raffle drawing (Nissan Altima 2.5S, Apple iPad 128GB w/wifi or $250 Shoprite gift card) with tickets $5 at school office or parish office, Sun. 4:30 p.m. and fireworks show, 10 p.m. Info: 203-878-6539 or saintmaryschoolmilford.org.
3rd annual Step Up For The Brave Stadium Stair Climb Challenge, with appearance by Collective Soul lead singer Ed Roland, Sat., Sept. 23, Ballpark at Harbor Yard, 500 Main St., Bridgeport, rain or shine. In support of organization and work it does serving veterans. Tickets and info at HomesForTheBrave.org. Check-in opens 8 a.m. Registration fee: $35, $20 for students, includes light breakfast, t-shirt and “satisfaction of knowing you’re helping Connecticut’s homeless veterans.” Climb follows guided course along stadium stairs. Chaz from 99.1 WPLR’s Chaz and AJ morning show to emcee event.
Autumn Garlic Festival, Sat., Sept. 23, 10-4, gazebo on Milford Green in downtown Milford, presented by Milford Recreation Department’s Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program. Rain date: Sept. 24.
56th annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Sept. 23 and 24, 10-4, 205 Business Park Drive, Armonk, N.Y. 185 juried artists, kids’ activities, decorating assistance, food court, free parking/shuttle bus, free movie/concert-Fri./Sat. at library; sponsored by Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. Info: armonkoutdoorartshow.org
Danbury Artisans Street Fair, Sat., Sept. 23, 11-7, downtown Danbury; featuring handmade items, from original fine art to upscale crafts, indie music, performing arts and more. Info: artswesternct.org Artists and artisans’ deadline to sign extended until Aug. 22.
13th annual CT Fallen Heroes Memorial Tribute, Sat., Sept. 30, 10-4 p.m., Holiday Hill in Prospect. 102d Army Band to perform 11:30-1 p.m., Gold Star ceremony at 1 p.m., Black Hawk landing on site and Massachusetts National Guard to be present; free and open to public. Info: visit ctfallenheroes.org.
The Last Taste of Summer, Sat., Sept. 30, 12-4:30 p.m. Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich. Craft beer fest with 30 breweries, food trucks, vendors, and live music, including Wilton Steel Community Band, blues, funk and rock & roll from The Clams, and Sacred Fire, Santana tribute band. Tickets $15-$75 at eventbrite.com; gates open 12 p.m. for VIP. Proceeds benefit Zero Waste Education, sponsored by Live Green Connecticut. Info: LiveGreenCT.org.
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The Hickories Farm Stand, 136 Lounsbury Rd., Ridgefield, May-October, 11-6, Mon.-Sun.; November-May, 11-5, Fri.-Sun.; stand works on honor system; thehickories.org
Stratford Farmers’ Market, Mon., 2-6 p.m., Paradise Green, Stratford; townofstratford.com/FarmersMarket.
Wilton Farmers’ Market, Wed., 12-5, 10+ vendors, Wilton Historical Society grounds, 224 Danbury Rd.; June 7-mid-October; www.facebook.com/WiltonFarmersMarket
Westport Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 10-2, 45 vendors, at 50 Imperial Ave.; May 18-Nov. 9; westportfarmersmarket.com Parking Lot Party, Sept. 14, with cocktails, food from restaurants and music.
Trumbull Farmers’ Market, Thurs., 3:30-6:30 p.m., 15 vendors; 1773 Huntington Tpke., May 18-Oct. 12; niatrumbull.org/farmer-s-market
Monroe Farmers’ Market, Fri., 3-6, 20+ vendors, Monroe Green; June 23-Oct. 27; monroefarmersmarket.org
Farmers’ Market at Lachat Town Farm, 106 Godfrey Rd. West, Weston, Fri., 4-8 p.m. monthly, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 27; lachattownfarm.org/farmers-market.php
Black Rock Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1, 25+ vendors, 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport, June 10-Oct. 7; blackrockfarmersmarket.com
Gossett Brothers’ Farmers’ Market, Sat., 9-1 year-round (indoors for winter), 7 vendors; 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem, N.Y.; gossettbrothersnursery.com/farmers-market
Danbury Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, CenterCity Green, June 24-Oct. 21, danburyfarmersmarket.org
New Canaan Farmers’ Market, Sat., 10-2, Old Center School municipal parking lot, corner of South Ave.-Maple St.-Main St., April 22-Dec. 16; newcanaanfarmersmarket.net
Earth Root Farm’s Stand, Sun., 10-2, 140A Mopus Bridge Rd., Ridgefield, June-October; earthrootfarm.com
Fairfield Farmers’ Market, Sun., 10-2, 20+ vendors, Sherman Green in downtown area, Fairfield, June 11-Oct. 1; fairfieldfarmersmarket.org